While nothing has formally been announced, it looks like Bill "The Big Unit" Michaels will be returning to radio as early as Aug. 1 on three Wisconsin radio stations, including Milwaukee sports/talker WSSP-AM (1250).
Michaels is set to announce the self-syndication network, which will include Sheboygan's WHBL-AM and Green Bay's WNFL-AM and has WSSP as his flagship station.
He'll air live in Milwaukee from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, and air later in the afternoon in the other two markets. He'll broadcast mostly out of a dedicated studio at WSSP, but will travel the state.
There are also plans to add other stations to his Wisconsin network.
Michaels was let go by WTMJ-AM (620) earlier this year.
i have been a relatively regular listener to rome for a while now and the show has definitely grown on me. the idea of replacing that show with anything "the pig show" michaels is involved in is folly. in a city cursed with the homer trues of the world, romes show was an oasis. why in the world would someone listen to wssp now? their lineup is as brutal as 540(dont even know their call letters, theyre so irrelevant. i will say tho, wickett is pretty funny
This is HORRIBLE!!!!! Bill Michaels was the worst sports talk show host in the area and now he is taking Jim Rome out of Milwaukee. I'm a fan of WSSP but now I guess I will be listening to 540 ESPN's D-list during that time. I would rather get Dan Patrick off the air because I can watch him on TV. I was disappointed that WSSP let Doug Russell go and now I won't turn on that station until THE Big Show and the Brewers Post Game show starts. Hey WSSP keep Rome on the air and move this guy to the Patrick time slot.
this must be another cost-cutting move by SSP, right on the heels of the Doug Russell firing. It will probably be cheaper to have a producer work the 11-2 'syndicated' show and then stick with the Big Show, than to carry the nationally syndicated Jim Rome show. While i'm not a huge fan of Rome, personally he's overly California for me, but i like him, his guests and the show a whole lot more than Bill Michaels. At the very least, having a Milwaukee market for Rome helped get our small market some recognition, but i wouldn't be expecting any more 'jungle karma' anytime soon.. I typically will have SSP on in the 11-2 slot just because there is nothing else on the radio, but i'd rather listen to my open window than Bill Michaels.
Show me the other 10 Talkbacks
15 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Tim Cuprisin
Published Nov. 16, 2011
"Community" isn't on NBC's mid-season schedule. No, that's not a good sign for the innovative sitcom created by Milwaukee's Dan Harmon.
Published Nov. 15, 2011
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel picked up a lot of national attention for a clip of Herman Cain seeming a little flustered over Libya. ... Bad news for "Community." ... So long, Regis.
Published Nov. 14, 2011
Yes, it does sound like Christmas on the radio. ... Two departures from Channel 4. ... Lots of Emmys for Channel 6.
Published Nov. 8, 2011
If you're watching TV or listening to the radio at 1 p.m. Wednesday, get ready for a test.
Published Nov. 7, 2011
The World War II saga of Mildred Fish-Harnack is little known. But her efforts against Hitler from within Germany is told well in a new Wisconsin Public TV documentary. ... WTMJ-AM scores again in October. ... Time Warner Cable adds a few more HD channels.
Published Nov. 3, 2011
Adam Richman took his "Man Vs. Food Nation" to Titletown and covered the necessary bases.
Published Nov. 2, 2011
It's not clear that he'll learn them, but Herman Cain's handling of the Politico investigations into sexual harassment claims against him provide great tips into how not to handle such a mess. ... Another Wisconsin visit for the Travel Channel's Adam Richman.
Published Nov. 1, 2011
The first measurement of Channel 12's performance with ratings powerhouse Oprah Winfrey at 4 offers a little comforting news to the ABC affiliate. ... Don't worry about Fox dropping its programming from DirecTV. That was never going happen. ... If you're looking for Christmas on TV already, there's a comprehensive listing available.
Published Oct. 31, 2011
The use of viral videos can be a valuable campaign tool. Or they can be really dumb.
Published Oct. 28, 2011
Channel 4 started its iPad promotion on Thursday promotion to boost 10 p.m. news ratings, and here are some numbers before that entered the Nielsen equation. ...